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Biblical Interpretation (MRes)

The MRes in Biblical Interpretation offers students the opportunity to do guided research overseen by a range of experts within the field of Biblical Studies. Students will explore in depth a range of topics relating to the Bible, both from historical and contemporary perspectives.

We have a long and distinguished tradition of specialist teaching in Biblical Studies, and all our staff continues to participate nationally and internationally in significant biblical research.

Theology and Biblical Studies have been an important part of life and teaching on the Lampeter campus since the early 19th century. Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies is one of the oldest of its kind in the UK and was the first of its kind in Wales. If you join our programme, you will become a part of a world-wide community of learners benefiting from a long-established tradition of teaching excellence.

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Contact Email: t.baylor@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Dr Tim Baylor

Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home: £7,500
Overseas (distance/online): £10,000
Fees are for the whole course.

Reasons to study this course

  • You will be able to choose from a wide range of interesting topics taught by experienced university lecturers who are specialists in the field of biblical studies.
  • Students are provided with a vibrant research culture due to the cutting-edge research published by our staff.
  • In Part 1 of the programme, you will gain research skills which will be a sound basis for the research dissertation undertaken in Part 2.
  • The programme offered as part-time, distance learning, October or February entry.
  • Since the course is a distance-learning course, you can study from the comfort of your own home using our VLE (virtual learning environment) and the course content and reading material we provide.

What you will learn

Course Overview

Students will take 60 credits of taught modules as well as undertaking a thorough piece of independent research in agreement with their supervisor. Their final dissertation will be 30,000 words.

The School of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies provides a vibrant research culture, and MRes students are encouraged to participate in research seminars.

The programme is delivered part-time through distance learning. All module content is available through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Students will be supported throughout their studies with regular access to their module tutors, either one-to-one (by email, Skype, phone), in groups (using media such as Skype), or via VLE module discussion forums or wikis.

We hold an annual residential graduate summer school for postgraduate students in July. Students experience a wide range of lectures and seminars as well as engaging other research students.


Part I — Taught Modules (60 credits)

Students will choose three of the below modules:

  • The Bible: Text and Transmission
  • The Bible: Contemporary Approaches
  • From Patriarchs to Prophets: Reading and Reception
  • The Gospel of John
  • Christology & Atonement
  • Jewish-Christian Relations

Part II — Academic Dissertation for 120 credit hours

30,000 word dissertation under the guidance of a seasoned academic with a proven record of research in the field. Whether your goal is to develop the beginnings for further doctoral research, or just to indulge a curiosity, the dissertation provides you the chance to develop and explore your own research interests.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

Applicants are expected to have a good first degree (a first or upper second), although every application is considered in its own merit, so places may be offered on the basis of professional qualifications and relevant experience. Candidates with a lower degree classification or no degree may be admitted at Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma level, with an opportunity to upgrade to Master’s level if satisfactory progress is made.

Additional Costs

Approximately £300 for literature.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.